John Tyler Receiver Darion Flowers Hearing from Several Schools
TYLER -- Darion Flowers is one of many weapons John Tyler coach Ricklan Holmes will have at his disposal in 2012, and the talented two-way player is one of several Lions who will likely sign with a Division I program come February.
Flowers (6-0, 165) and the Lions opened fall practice Monday with high expectations resting on their shoulders. Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine ranks John Tyler third in Class 4A coming off an 11-4 season and state semifinal appearance.
Flowers, who caught 58 passes for 1,006 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, is waiting on his first college offer, but probably won't wait long.
"He has some strong looks from Baylor and SMU," Holmes said. "You've got Northwestern State. You've got Wyoming that's looking at him right now. You've got SFA. There's a lot of schools showing strong interest in him, but nobody has put anything on the table, mainly because he's a two-way starter and they really don't know what to do with him yet. They're trying to figure out what to do with him."
Flowers said he has heard "a lot" from North Texas and UTSA recently. Despite the attention from several programs, he doesn't pinpoint a particular favorite.
"I do like all the surrounding schools a lot, the Dallas schools," Flowers said, adding that their proximity to home helped. "Most schools haven't really decided where they want me play at, but I can play any position they want me to play."
A Wyoming offer wouldn't be surprising. Wyoming has offered two of Flowers' teammates: Tyus Bowser (6-3, 205, DE/LB) and Justice Liggins (6-1, 192, WR). The Cowboys have also offered Tyler Lee running back LaQuintas Wallace (5-10, 190) and Harmony tight end Lucas Askew (6-6, 210), a Texas State commit. Liggins also told ETSN.fm that John Tyler cornerback Traven Johnson (6-1, 175) has received interest from Wyoming.
Holmes said the past couple of weeks have been "kind of dead" on the recruiting front, but he expects to see Flowers, Liggins, and the rest of JT's recruiting targets see a spike in activity.
"There's been a lot of guys starting to email now and get highlights on different kids," Holmes said. "I see the offers coming in more toward the first week of the season. You'll start seeing a lot, not just for us but for all other schools."